Obituaries

Graham Taylor: 1944 – 2017

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A Game In Mourning At Passing Of True Gentleman

So many tributes, so many anecdotes. But, with Graham Taylor, they just keep coming. Any fears that the well of stories might have run dry following the pre-weekend decision to slightly delay our own official marking of his dreadfully sad passing-away have thankfully not materialised.

Sammy Smyth: 1925 – 2016

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Cup Hero Who Lit Up Wembley

Wolves' history is littered with players who arrived in these parts from different corners of the UK, married local girls and stayed in the area; Liverpudlian Jimmy Dunn, for example. Sammy Smyth, who outlived his fellow inside-forward by almost two years in becoming the last survivor of the first post-war Wolves team to win the FA Cup, was one of those of whom we saw much less in his dotage.

Graham Hawkins: 1946 – 2016

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Loyal Servant Chalked Up The Full Set Of Roles

And so another one leaves us ahead of his time. Graham Hawkins - tall, bronzed and with a physique to be seriously envied - has gone at the age of 70. It's bad enough when we bid our farewells to Wolves favourites in their 80s and 90s. This seems way too young to be saying goodbye.

Roy Swinbourne: 1929 – 2015

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Fabulous Career That Was Robbed Of Its England Glory

To the long list of 1950s Wolverhampton Wanderers greats, we are also thankfully able to come up with a second roll of honour. Bert Williams would definitely be on there, so too Malcolm Finlayson, Bill Slater and Dennis Wilshaw, and you would find places for Eddie Stuart, Jimmy Mullen, Ron Flowers and Peter Broadbent - grouped together as proprietors of town centre businesses.

Danny Hegan: 1943 – 2015

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

A Wayward Talent With A Mischievous Side

Danny Hegan was sometimes praised and sometimes cursed. He was rarely ignored. Well over 40 years on from a Molineux stay containing much promise and no little controversy, stories about him still do the rounds whenever his old colleagues meet.

Des Horne: 1940 – 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

A Unique Place In Molineux History

It's at times like this when you are thankful for the opportunities; thankful, in our case, that we were able to meet Des Horne at some length during what proved to be his final visit to England.

Sir Jack Hayward: 1923 – 2015

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Witty, Worldly And Wonderful - A Life Of Giving

Where do you start to pay due deference to a life like Sir Jack Hayward’s? The adjectives come gushing to mind.....colourful, patriotic, magnetic, eccentric, generous beyond comprehension and, happily, Wolves-daft. From the moment he entered the lives of the Molineux family in the spring of 1990, we realised we had been blessed with the presence of a very special man.

Jimmy Dunn: 1923 – 2014

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

A Family Rich In Football Folklore

How many more games might Jimmy Dunn have played for Wolves? First, the war took much potential match time away from him, in terms of Football League action anyway, then a bad injury and finally any number of outstanding fellow forwards.

Malcolm Finlayson: 1930 – 2014

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Fearless Keeper Shone As Bert's Successor

It seems strange to reflect that the only goalkeeper to win two League Championship medals with Wolves once doubted his right to become a first-team regular. It's even more peculiar when you consider that his uncertainty was based on the events of a game in which the goals were flying past Bert Williams.

Eddie Stuart: 1931 – 2014

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Decorated Hard-Man Defender Who Rose To Rank Of Captain

It wasn't just the renowed 1950s Wolverhampton Wanderers half-back line that opposition forwards had to get past to catch a glimpse of Bert Williams or Malcolm Finlayson. Usually, among the powerhouses still blocking the way to goal was Eddie Stuart.

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